April 20, 9am-12:30pm

April 13:
Flipped Sessions and Resources Available (Join us for a pre-recorded watch party at 3:30 p.m., April 19)

April 20:
9:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.: Keynote Speaker Takeaways and Q&A
9:40 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Break
9:45 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.: Practitioner Panel
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Roundtable and Vendor Discussion
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Cohort Conversations

Flipped Sessions and Resources 

All Resources Available April 9
Each Leadership+ series session will include a suite of pre-recorded resources for flipped learning by attendees, including a keynote address. Attendees are expected to review resources prior to attendance at the live event.

Pre-Recorded Keynote:
Collaboration as a Catalyst for Change: Building Collective Capacity for Serving Gifted Students

How can we build capacity in others to identify, teach, and support gifted students? How does collaboration offer entry points for advocacy? What structures and supports are needed to create and sustain effective collaboration between gifted specialists, classroom teachers, administrators, and others? This keynote will provide insight into best practices for collaboration, coaching, and building collective capacity to drive shared decision-making at the classroom, school, and district level. Through intentional approaches in moving towards co-thinking and co-action, we can hold conversations that ignite collective commitments to change practices in schools.
Emily Mofield, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Lipscomb University
Vicki Phelps, Ed.D., Lead Consulting Teacher for Gifted Education, Sumner County, TN

Keynote Speaker Takeaways and Q&A

 9:00 a.m.-9:40 a.m.
Learn from keynote speakers Emily Mofield and Vicki Phelps as they share their biggest takeaways gifted education leaders should remember when collaborating with and coaching others in their district, along with opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the speakers related to their pre-recorded presentation.

Practitioner Panel

9:45 a.m.-10:25 a.m.

Hear from your peers as they share their strategies for working with others in their districts as part of a panel conversation. Potential conversation topics include:

  • What coaching models do you use with teachers? What have you seen work best? 

  • How do you use other relationships (like with instructional coaches) to help create buy-in for G/T?

  • How do you ensure all of your teachers and administrators are appropriately trained in G/T? 

  • How do you train specific individuals on campuses like counselors or instructional coaches? What information should they know? How do you get buy-in from them to get their training?

  • What do teachers want coordinators to share with them? How do they want to work with district leaders?

  • How do you determine your outcomes and identification goals?

  • How can you look at other models, like tiering, to serve gifted students and work with other teachers?

Tia Locke-Simmons, Houston ISD, Jasmine Patel, Richardson ISD, Celeste Sodergren, Manor ISD, and Brittany Jackson, Houston ISD
Moderated by Emily Mofield and Vicki Phelps

Roundtable and Vendor Discussion

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Join your peers in exploring short roundtable presentations/discussions on a variety of identification best practices and topics, plus a vendor fair to learn about G/T assessments from the assessments’ authors and publishers. Topics include:

  • Differentiation

  • Curriculum

  • Scaffolding

  • Depth & Complexity

  • Grouping

  • How to Track/Train Teachers on G/T

  • Modeling of Coaching Sessions

  • How to Get Buy-In From Others in Your District

Interested in hosting a roundtable presentation or conversation on one of these topics or any other topic? Submit your ideas here!

Cohort Conversations

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Each Leadership+ session will conclude with the opportunity to work with peers in a cohort-based setting to create solutions to your unique questions. Attendees will receive their cohort assignments prior to the series start date. You’re encouraged to communicate and work with your cohort during the event and after the event!